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Chris Athens Joins Forces with The Melismatics!
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Chris Athens at Sterling Sound, NYC is mastering the new Melismatics album “MANIA!” Chris has mastered such records as Coldplay “X&Y”, Beastie Boys “To The 5 Boroughs,” NERD “Fly Or Die,” Diddy “Press Play, ” and AC/DC “Backtracks.” We are happy to have Chris onboard!

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Taken at Barryscourt Castle in Cork County, Ireland

Beloved friends of The Melismatics, hello and cheers! Planet Melismatics has been a very busy place since our last newsletter. We’ve recently returned from our most triumphant tour of Ireland, and we’ve got a brand-new single “Never Show Your Fear” under the moniker The Remmismatics (The Melismatics and Remma all rolled into one) to show for it. Check out our photos and highlights from Ireland below.
World-renowned mastering engineer Chris Athens at Sterling Sound in NYC has officially signed on to master our upcoming album, “MANIA!” He’s already been hard at work adding his magic touch, and we are elated with the results! Ryan and Pony’s new electronica/no-wave group DRA (Demon Rat Attack) have done a gotholicous remix of The Melismatics’ song “Divided Devotions” which will be available as a bonus track on “MANIA!” DRA has some exciting new projects coming up, and you can count on us keeping you in the loop.

In addition to the new album “MANIA!” seeing its completion and release this fall, we will be celebrating the 10-year anniversary of our first album “Postmodern Rock” with a remastered re-issue that contains previously unreleased tracks. It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 10 years since we began recording the LP that started it all for cheap custom The Melismatics in our former guitarist Jeremy Ylvisaker’s (now guitarist for Andrew Bird and Alpha Consumer) mom’s basement! This album has been out of print for several years now, and it’s re-release will contain never-heard-before rarities.

There are many upcoming shows we are very excited about, so check out our tour dates and warn your friends of the impending danger in these cities! Once again, will be playing the largest music event in the world, Summerfest in Milwaukee 7-7-11 at 7:30PM on the Cascio Stage. Check out dates for our July West Coast tour and stay tuned as our East Coast tour dates are announced for October.


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While in Ireland, we teamed up with our tour-mates Remma to form a 7-piece band called The Remmismatics. Our mission: entirely write and record a brand-new song within 24 hours. Mission accomplished. The result is “Never Show You Fear” which is now available world-wide on iTunes, Amazon, and most digital music stores.


The Pavillion (Cork, Ireland) IRISH TOUR RECAP
The Pavillion (Cork, Ireland)Our tour of Ireland was an experience we will not soon forget. Ireland is a stunningly beautiful country and the people we met there were truly amazing! Those of you who follow us on Twitter and Facebook got to hear about the tour as it happened. We’ll recap

some highlights here.

Our first show (after nearly 2 straight days of no sleep) was in Dublin at Bono from U2’s venue The Workman’s Club. There we played with bonafide Irish indie-rock star Oliver Cole (lead singer/guitarist of the band Turn). We would play with these fine musicians for two acoustic sets at Bourbon Street, and at one of the most aesthetically pleasing theaters we’ve ever seen, The Pavillion (see photo above taken by Jerry O’Herlihy). The grand finale of the tour was The Melismatics headlining their own show at Cork’s top venue, Crane Lane Theater to a full house. The Melismatics received airplay from the major radio stations in Cork as well.

While in Ireland, we made Cool Daniel, a scenic farmhouse our headquarters. There we made friends with the sheep and mule who lived there… really, we did! We also had the chance to visit historic landmarks, castles, ring forts, custom essays paper and other local sites on our down time. Here are some of our favorite photos:

MuleJameson ExperienceCastle RuinsRemmismatics Recording

After Show FunCrane Lane Theater

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07/01/11 Dubuque, IA The Bank
07/02/11 Milwaukee, WI Club Garibaldi’s
07/06/11 Spring Green, WI Sh*tty Barn Session
07/07/11 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest (Cascio Stage, 7:30PM)
07/15/11 Marquette, MI Upfront and Company
07/16/11 Marquette, MI Upfront and Company
07/20/11 Minneapolis, MN Lifetime Fitness Marathon
07/21/11 Lincoln, NE Zoo Bar
07/22/11 Fort Collins, CO Road 34 with Mark Mallman
07/23/11 Denver, CO Underground Music Showcase
07/24/11 Denver, CO Underground Music Showcase
07/26/11 San Diego, CA Soda Bar
07/27/11 Los Angeles, CA Viper Room
07/28/11 Scottsdale, AZ The Rogue Bar
07/29/11 Flagstaff, AZ Hotel Monte Vista
08/05/11 St Joseph, MO The Rendezvous
08/06/11 St Joseph, MO The Rendezvous
08/17/11 Chicago, IL The Darkroom
08/18/11 Indianapolis, IN Meldoy Inn
08/19/11 Dubuque, IA The Bank
09/03/11 Kansas City, MO The Record Bar
10/07/11 Indianapolis, IN Melody Inn MELODY INN 10TH ANNIVERSARY
10/21/11 Boston, MA Apple Store

Thanks for joining us, and remember these words of wisdom: be excellent to each other.

Ryan, Pony, Mark, Ron
The Melismatics

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